Classification: Mystical, Oneirogen, MAOI, Sedative, Entheogenic; Antibacterial and Antifungal
Syrian Rue Seeds are mildly entheogenic by theirself according to various cultures, and phytochemical research tends to investigate this premise as well. They have been considered sacred throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia for centuries. They produce harmine and harmaline, also found in Ayahuasca vine and even Passion flower. They have been used in various entheogenic related plant preparations for ages among shamanic type cultures. I find it can be interchangeable with the Ayahuasca vine because they both contain the same active alkaloids. The way that it is hypothesized to interact with the "spirit molecule" in your third eye is what makes it an oneirogen from my perspective, and the perspectives of others. Sense it can "activate" the spirit molecule, in a sense, I think it's safe to say that is what ranks it as "Mystical" ( entheogenic, or used in religious ways ).
The active constituents of this plant act as an MAOI. MAOIs slowly breakdown neurotransmitters, and help replenish the supply of these chemicals. They essentially interact and intensify the effects of other psychoactive plants or substances. This is why it's carefully and commonly used in combination with other psychoactives by different cultures, including those who partake in Ayahuasca use.. Believe it or not you can actually purchase pure harmine and harmaline. A friend of mine in the field of phytochemistry actually showed me how these pure constituents actually glow under a black light! It's pretty cool to see!
This fluorescent alkaloid belongs to the beta-carboline genre of compounds. The compound is found in a variety of organisms, seven species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family, Tobacco, Passion Flower and others. It's what gives Syrian rue its MAOI properties. This would also explain why Tobacco is exceptionally valuable to Shamans, and is used in Ayahuasca ceremonies. The Ayahuasca vine itself does what it does because of these same Harmala alkaloids. In a sense, the two are "interchangeable". (in my opinion, based on their chemical composition and experience)
It's phytochemical constituents have been widely studied by phytochemist. They have been found to demonstrate Antibacterial and antifungal activities in laboratory settings. Because of this I decided to add some to my homemade pesticide. The chemicals the plant produces have even been studied for their effects on antibiotic resistant bacteria. Please check out my citations towards the bottom of each page and know that I make an effort to provide accurate information without making any false claims. The point is, there has been quite an extensive amount of study done on this little known herb and its potentially pharmacological constituents.
If you saw the plant in person, even without knowing what it was, you would likely get the intuitive sense that there is something mystical about it. On it's own, the effects can be described as calming and tranquil. When one meditates under the effects of the Rue alone, the true nature of its abilities can begin to unfold before the minds eye. You can notice the interactions between the plant and the complex chemistry of the pineal gland begin to emerge. If planning to cultivate it, you have to take a totally different approach to that of any other ordinary herb. It grows in desert like conditions. I've tried to grow it and had success when using anything that a cactus does well in. That is, 1% soil, 10% perlite, and the rest straight sand. It doesn't like a rich, dark, flully soil like typical plants. Then again, Syrian rue is anything but ordinary.
Much caution should be taken with Syrian Rue. Under certain conditions, consumption of these seeds could be fatal because of MAOI interactions. Much research should be conducted if one plans to consume them in any fashion. They can even interact with certain foods, and certainly can interact with medications. This is most likely one of the reasons why the Shamans fast before ceremonies. My Native American friends love it too. They have a tradition of mixing it with other harmine containing plants such as Bobinsana for example. Not too many people have even heard of that one. I strive to be original and put the word out about botanicals that most people aren't talking about on the internet.
Organic Syrian Rue Scientific Name Peganum harmala
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